NICE, France (AP) — Leonardo Mayer of Argentina beat fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the Open de Nice quarterfinals on Thursday.
Mayer converted just three of his 24 break points before closing out the match in 2 hours, 55 minutes.
In his second career semifinals, the 59th-ranked Mayer will meet second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain, who struggled to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
Verdasco won his second title of the year at Barcelona last month and is considered a contender to make a deep run at the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.
Stakhovsky broke immediately in the third set and went up 3-1, but Verdasco broke back and finished him off.
"I finished the match playing very well, although I had a problem with my arm," Verdasco said. "It worries me because I have Roland Garros next week and you don't like to have this kind of problem three or four days before a Grand Slam."
Third-seeded Gael Monfils of France lost 7-6 (2), 6-2 to Potito Starace of Italy, who beat him for the third time in four meetings on clay.
A former top-10 player, Gasquet is looking to get back to his best after his career was hit by a suspension last year for testing positive for cocaine. The Frenchman won the Bordeaux challenger last week and was on an eight-match winning streak.